Daily Calendar for Monday, February 17, 2025

Though this day is commonly called Presidents’ Day, the federal holiday is still called β€œWashington’s Birthday,” contrary to popular belief. It is one of eleven permanent holidays established by Congress. George Washington’s actual birthday is February 22, but we observe federal holidays on Mondays (in this case, the third Monday of February). To complicate matters, Washington was actually born on February 11 in 1731 because the country switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar during his lifetime (something most of Europe had done in 1582). As a result of this calendar reform, people born before 1752 were told to add 11 days to their birth dates. Those born between January 1 and March 25, as Washington was, also had to add one year to be in sync with the new calendar. By the time Washington became president in 1789, he celebrated his birthday on February 22 and listed his year of birth as 1732. Upon entering office, Washington was not convinced that he was the right man for the job. He wrote, β€œMy movements to the chair of government will be accompanied by feelings not unlike those of a culprit, who is going to the place of his execution.” Fortunately for the young country, he was wrong. Learn more facts and folklore about Presidents’ Day.


  • Arcangelo Corelli (composer) –
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher (author) –
  • Marjorie Lawrence (opera singer) –
  • Michiaki Takahashi (virologist best know for inventing first chickenpox vaccine ) –
  • Rene Russo (actress) –
  • Richard Karn (actor, game show host) –
  • Michael Jordan (basketball player) –
  • Jerry O'Connell (actor) –
  • Jason Ritter (actor) –
  • Paris Hilton (heiress) –
  • Ed Sheeran (musician) –


  • Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache leader) –
  • Wilfred Laurier (8th Prime Minister of Canada) –
  • Lee Strasberg (actor and director) –
  • Thelonious Monk (jazz pianist) –
  • Rush Limbaugh (American radio personality and writer) –


  • Myles Standish appointed commander of Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts–
  • Tie broken: Thomas Jefferson to be U.S. president; Aaron Burr, Vice President–
  • Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patented draisine (bicycle precursor)–
  • Confederate H. L. Hunley was first submarine to sink a warship (USS Housatonic)–
  • Columbia, South Carolina, burned by Union Army (U.S. Civil War)–
  • First sardines canned in Maine–
  • The National Congress of Mothers, later known as the PTA, founded–
  • Marcel Duchamp’s painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, outraged viewers–
  • First publication of Newsweek magazine–
  • Elvis Presley awarded his first gold album for Elvisβ€β€œβ€“
  • 9-pound 6-ounce chain pickerel caught near Homerville, Georgia–


  • McIntosh, South Dakota, recorded a low temperature of -58 degrees F–
  • The temperature dipped to -60F in Esker, Labrador –
  • Record low of 60 degrees below zero F, Labrador–
  • Blizzard dumped more snow in Boston than any other storm in the state’s history— including the Blizzard of 1978—Logan International Airport measured 27.5 inches–

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